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  1. #16
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    Oct 2014
    Jury finds Robert Burton guilty of murder in shooting death of former girlfriend


    Burton was found guilty of murder Thursday in the June 2015 shooting death of Gebo inside her home in Parkman, where they had lived as a couple for more than two years. Burton fled after the shooting without seeking medical attention for himself and without calling 911 for Gebo. He turned himself in to police more than two months after what authorities said was the longest and most costly manhunt in state history.

    His trial, which lasted nine days and featured Burton testifying on the witness stand, concluded just before noon Thursday when the jury of five women and seven men finished deliberating for more than six hours over two days, ultimately rejecting the defendant’s arguments claiming self-defense and no intention to kill.

    "After a week and a half of waiting, the family of Stephanie Gebo says justice has been served, erupting in cheers as they left the courthouse."

    "Stephanie we did it. He will no longer be able to harm anybody else. This time going to jail, I'll only hear the door close one time on his way in. On his way out, he'll be in the same black bag that he put you in."

    Burton will be sentenced at a later date. He faces 25 years to life behind bars.

  2. #17
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    Oct 2014
    Robert Burton sentenced to 55 years in prison for murder of Stephanie Gebo


    Burton sat motionless, staring directly ahead inside the Penobscot Judicial Center as Justice Robert Mullen imposed the sentence at about 10 a.m. Mullen said he was tempted to impose the life sentence the state had asked for, but considered the aggravating and the mitigating factors in the case, setting the maximum sentence at 55 years.
    Stephanie Gebo’s father, Vance Ginn, 66, said that he was satisfied with the sentence, noting that Burton, who is 40, might never get out of prison alive.

    “Of course, we would have much rather heard the word ‘life,’ but by the way it was explained to us, this is kind of preventative medicine because a life sentence is a lot easier to get overturned … so we don’t have to face an appeal down the road,” Ginn told reporters outside of the courthouse. “The attorneys did the math and the earliest he can be released, doing nothing wrong in jail, he’ll be 86 years old. This is life for him that will stand.”

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